Organization of Area Lions Clubs who work on combined projects as needed. Also provides a network of support and contacts.
Lions are members of an international network of men and women making a difference through: International Relations with the United Nations, the ALERT emergency response program, cultural and environmental programs, and a Grant program to assist with projects.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL MISSION:
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people
for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services
through community involvement and international cooperation.
Founded: Chicago June 1917 by Melvin Jones
Ø1920 Lions evolve into an International Service Organization
June 1925 Helen Keller appeals, and Lions become the “Knights of the Blind”
ØWorld’s Largest Service Club (May 2004)
• 1,373,404 Members World Wide
• 7,0303 Local Clubs
• 745 Districts
• 193 Countries and Geographical Areas
Lions demonstrate their commitment to sight conservation through eyeglass recycling, sight partnerships and countless other sight services such as SightFirst. SightFirst launched in 1989 is Lions’ most ambitious and most successful initiative ever. Through this program Lions have restored sight to 7.3 million people through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss for 20 million people and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions. Lions have launched Campaign SightFirst II, with a goal of raising at least $150 million.